Bob McNair, gentleman, philanthropist, businessman, family man. All the qualities every man acquires to possess during our short time here on this little planet. But what measures or decisions helped Mr. McNair become the man he is ? Where does his guidance come from ? In his business ventures what persuades him one way or the other to stay in a deal or cash out ? We don’t know the answers to these questions, but his track record has shown a high success rate at doing it.
It leads me to wonder though if Mr. McNair is getting a case of the Lou Pai’s. For those of you that don’t know or have forgotten, Lou Pai was CEO of Enron Energy Services and Enron Xcelerator. Before the poo hit the fan with the whole Enron thing, Lou or “Louie”, went all in and left Enron with over $250 million dollars. We know Mr. McNair is not leaving as owner of the Texans franchise, but with this latest move to fly to New York and hold a “meeting” with Roger Goodell puts him out there a bit.
We all know what’s going on with Brian Cushing. We know the history and the excuses being made by him assuring us he did not cheat. Honestly, I hope he didn’t. It seems like the facts, real facts, are against him. First, tumors caused the positive test for HCG. But according to Long Island doctor Gary Wadler, who by the way works for the World Anti Doping Agency, said “If he had tumors that produced HCG, he wouldn’t be playing football. He would be under treatment for a malignant tumor. Malignant testicular tumors producing HCG are rather lethal. It is a fairly aggressive tumor and you’re not playing in the NFL with one.” Guess that kills that excuse. Next, we have “overtrained athlete syndrome”. This according to Cushing and his “people”, caused a hormonal spike which caused him to test positive for HCG. According to Mark Jenkins, MD, overtrained athlete syndrome consists of the following. Moodiness, easily irritated, depression, loss of desire to be competitive and enthusiastic, decreased appetite, weight loss, muscular soreness, and increased frequency of viral illnesses. Wonder if he means STDs ? Sorry got a little sidetracked. Also increased incidence of injuries, and decrease in testosterone. Now out of the 14 articles I read, they all were pretty much the same as this article. No where was a hormonal spike listed, in fact it was the opposite.
Which brings me back to Mr. McNair. Why would Mr. McNair, who I’m sure does his research, fly to New York to defend Cushing considering the facts that are stated by many other specialists and doctors ? I would like to know who these one or two doctors are that provided this information. And yes, before I go on, I do believe there are rare occurrences of things that happen with the human body. The human body is still not fully tapped in the field of science and medicine. So why is Mr. McNair willing to take the chance of looking foolish ? I think he realizes this is the year the Texans have a real chance of getting to the playoffs. And this is possibly a make or break year for Kubiak and Rick Smith.
After several 8-8 seasons and a 9-7 season last year, Mr. McNair can no longer stand mediocrity. He voiced his opinions about it last year, and has made it very clear this year. Him coming out from behind the shadows and doing something as public as this let’s me know that he is tired of waiting. This is an example of him exhausting all of his efforts in order to help the organization. Even if he looks bad. He has always been involved, but he’s never done anything like this.
I wish I was a fly on the wall in the meeting that took place yesterday. I’m almost wondering if some good ole boy whiskey drinking deal making went down. Kinda like the tv show Dallas. McNair is Jock, and Goodell is Cliff Barnes. The episode I’m referring to involves Jock wanting a plot of land for ewing oil, (playoffs for Texans) but barnes used funds (suspension), to stop ewing oil from getting the leases in order to drill. Jock was not happy and allowed Bobby to talk to Cliff, (Cushings people). But if he failed then they would do whatever they had to do, ( McNair flying to NY). Amazing how tv shows are so relatable to real life.
I see the suspension getting reduced to probably two games. Who knows what was said or agreed to during that meeting. What slanderous words were thrown around or blackmailing tactics were used. Or, maybe it was just a meeting of great minds trying to come to a common solution. As an important player for the Texans, is Cushing worth it ? Yes, he is. Only if he returns as the player he was last year. If not, then Cushing will be looked at as a cheater and a fool for sure, but Mr. McNair will look like the ultimate fool for believing him.